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  • 2016 Campuswide Commencement

    Exercises set for May 14

  • Muhammed Fazeel, a senior from Chicago majoring in integrative biology, created a compay called Tabule with the help of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

    Academy helps students get down to business

    A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.

  • A Community of Peers

    Resources await at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education

  • Actif

    Startup develops wearable systems for road safety

  • Students in U.S. Congress class, each in the role of a House member, debate a bill during a floor session.

    Act of Congress

    Students play the role of U.S. House members for a semester and gain insights on process, politics and power.

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  • Advertising is Us

    Student group leads in membership, awards and enthusiasm

  • Tara Zumwalt (left) and Eve Zumwalts family has been attending Illinois for more than 140 years.

    A Family Affair

    Celebrating five generations of Illinois students

  • The work of undergraduate animators, from left, Pakpoom Buabthong, Annie Lin and Benjamin Blalock brings development education to people around the world on their cellphones.

    Animators help fight disease, preserve crops, feed the world

    A farmer in Burkina Faso learns how to safely store his crops. An entrepreneur in India learns how to truck her harvested grain to market. Thanks to student animators at the U. of I., these people and countless others around the world can also see and hear about the symptoms, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis, or how and when to wash their hands to avoid disease.

  • Working with the theme "In My World I See " students reveal their inner landscapes using string painting, a technique in which the artist dips a piece of string 10 to 12 inches long in India ink then presses, drags or swirls the string across the paper. Color is then added using pastels, crayons or watercolors.

    Art for the sake of self-discovery

    Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.

  • Chemistry professor Catherine Murphy, seated at the microscope, explains the work of her research team to Peggy Flavin, an environmental design student.

    Art Meets Science

    Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environment

  • Campers in the robotics camp test small electric cars that they built and programmed. The cars are optically guided, so they are programmed to follow the black lines of tape.

    A summer of fun and GAMES

    The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.

  • Illinois Camp Kesem has been making magic for families coping with cancer since 2007. Camp Kesem is a weeklong, overnight summer camp organized by student volunteers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Camp Kesem acts as an escape for children whose parents have cancer

    The little girl chatted excitedly to her dad. As the two waited in the check-in line, she began to list all of the things she loved about camp: the special guest, the other kids, the counselors. She was the typical girl excited to attend summer camp, with one marked difference: two weeks earlier her mom passed away from cancer.

  • Yanchen Shi (left), a senior in bioengineering from Dunlap, Illinois, gets his resume reviewed at The Career Center by Rameez Siddiqui, a student paraprofessional there.

    Career prep starts early: Even freshmen, whether certain or searching, have things they can do

    The Career Center at the U. of I. is in a handy spot, across the street from the Alma Mater sculpture on the edge of Campustown.

  • Birthday cake with the numbers 150

    Celebrating our sesquicentennial

    Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. 

  • Austin Teitsma, a sophomore from Glen Ellyn, Ill., plays with a Garden Hills Elementary School student during a Hometown Heroes visit.

    CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletes

    The athlete shines on the playing field or the court, in the gym or the pool. That’s the part of “student-athlete” that most UI fans know about. The student part happens out of the limelight, but the record shows student-athletes succeeding there as well.

  • Busey-Evans dining hall cook Willie Green, left, and Housing Division administrators serve new students.

    Cheers! Giant smoothie breaks record at Convocation

    Dining Services cooked up some excitement at the annual New Student Convocation and the Guinness Book of World Records certified their efforts. The world’ largest smoothie – a 330-gallon pink delight – was created from 960 pounds of yogurt, 600 pounds of strawberries and 105 gallons of pineapple juice.

  • Camp attendees expanded their cultural knowledge at the Education building.

    Chinese for a New Generation

    Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlook

  • Coursera student Kunwar Apoorva Singh is surrounded by tribal children he taught in rural Maharashtra, a state in western India, as part of an outreach campaign supported by the NGO Don Bosco.

    Coursera shares U. of I. courses far beyond campus

    As Illinois students took their seats last fall in lecture halls across campus, half a world and several time zones away in New Delhi, Kunwar Apoorva Singh booted up his computer and logged into the Illinois portion of Coursera, the consortium of more than 80 global universities offering free online courses to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

  • Cricket Club of Illinois welcomes anyone intersted in the sport, which dates to 16th-century England.

    Cricketers maintain their wicket ways

    On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.

  • Crime alerts to include follow-up notices on arrests

    When there’s a serious crime within the campus district, the U. of I. police department sends an email to inform the campus community of the situation. Public Safety officials are planning to use the system to share good news as well.

  • Dear Parents

    Dear Parents

  • Dear Parents

    Much to my delight, in my first few months as chancellor I have discovered two common threads at this great university: Learning never rests and helping others is a way of life.

  • Dear Parents

    There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. 

  • Dear Parents

    On Oct.1 during Homecoming I assumed my new responsibilities as vice president of the University of Illinois and as chancellor of the Urbana campus. I want to share with you how excited and humbled I am to have the privilege to lead one of the greatest modern research universities in the world. 

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    As this issue of Postmarks reaches your home, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we are moving into the final months of the academic year.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    By the time you are reading this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be moving into the final months of our academic year. It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close so quickly. And just as those of us on campus find ourselves in a whirlwind of exams, final projects and preparation for graduation, many of you are considering whether Illinois is the right choice for your child next year. 

  • Interim Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson

    Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    As you get this issue of Postmarks in the mail, we’re moving into the final couple of months of our academic year here at Illinois.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    By the time this fall issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we’ll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly 7,000 freshmen and more than 1,300 new transfer students joined the Illinois family in August, setting new records for academic achievement. Together with our returning students, they represent every state in the nation and nearly half the nations in the world. The campus is once again full of the energy, excitement and anticipation of what this year will bring us all.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    As you read this issue of Postmarks, we will be near the mid-point of the fall semester. Whether this is your first semester with a son or daughter at Illinois or it is a year of return for your child, we are proud to count them among our students.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    By the time this issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we'll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Interim Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson

    Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.

  • Kristin Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, plans to be among the first women allowed to serve on a nuclear submarine when she graduates from the UI in 2013.

    Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarine

    What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.

  • Juniors in education Rachel Granzin (left) and Lindsay Duffy go kayaking near Sydney during a study-abroad trip to Australia.

    Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global education

    Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under.

  • Excellent student experience a priority for new chancellor

    To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.

  • Students have already started "sitting in" for Alma and posting pictures to the Web. Junior Katie Chan, as Alma, is flanked by senior Arpan Roy, as Labor, on the left, and sophomore Clare Curtin, Learning, on the right. Lisa Ogawa, left, and Azusa Terauchi pose next to the living sculpture.

    Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under way

    Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.

  • Illinois computer science students Quinlin Chen and Mark Craft created a plug-in for the Chrome browser that verifies news articles and flags fake news – and they did it in only 36 hours, as part of a hackathon event.

    Ferreting out fake news

    Illinois computer science students Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen created an extension for the Chrome web browser to verify articles and pictures posted to Facebook. Even more impressive? They did it in less than 36 hours, as part of a student hackathon event hosted by Princeton University in November 2016.


  • History professor John Randolph instructs students in a SourceLab course on how to investigate and verify online images, video, texts and other artifacts  often of sketchy origin  to get them ready for history.

    Finding the Source

    History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the Web

  • Band director Barry Houser supervises the Marching Illini last fall from a rented scissor lift overlooking the field north of Krannert Art Museum, one of the bands two unofficial campus practice locations.

    Forward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice field

    The University of Illinois Marching Illini provide the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is abandoning one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everyone is happy to see this tradition go.

  • Chess Club members Bo Schmidt, right, a senior in physics, plays against Benson Wang, a freshman in electrical and computer engineering, in the food court of the Illini Union.

    Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stage

    Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.

  • On a 10-day excursion to India, students meet and tour the facilities of small-scale farmers, food distributors, market vendors, restaurant managers, and storage facility operators.

    From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in India

    Flowers. Groundnuts (peanuts). Wheat. And paddy (rice): These were the focus of a 10-day student excursion to India over the 2014 winter break. Business administration professor Udatta Palekar organized the trip with 15 undergraduate business students majoring in supply chain management.

  • John Rynecki, a junior from Germany majoring in recreation, sports and tourism, started coaching for the Champaign Park District shortly after the 2010 World Cup re-ignited his passion for soccer.

    GAME ON: Students score as park district coaches

    It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.

  • Beckwith Residential Support Services personal assistant Shelby Wills, left, hangs out with Nugent Hall resident Mary Griffith.

    Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they give

    All students have their favorite places to escape the stress of finals week. But during a study break last December, senior Shelby Wills found herself in a place she had never imagined: in a swimming pool with a classmate who has a severe physical disability.

  • Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable gloves

    Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove.

  • Cristi Wales, a senior in kinesiology from Glen Elllyn, Ill., take blood pressure in the village of Ghada, Ghanam during the Frontiers International Health Society trip over winter break.

    Global health issues drive students around the world

    On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.